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PostPosted: Mon Nov 24, 2014 1:15 pm    Post subject: Maeda slogan: 大ふへん者 Reply with quote
Sorry to ask something that may be well-known already out there, but my Google-fu just wasn't getting me to the answer...

What does the Maeda clan slogan 「大ふへん者」 mean?

My initial thought was that it's a sort of alternate writing for 応援者 (をふへん者 or ほふへん者, something like that), but now that I look at it again, that seems rather unlikely. The 大 must be 大、and that would be in any case おおう, not the おう of 応.

ふへん can mean a number of things - 普遍 or 不変 would be eternal, unchanging, something like that, which I guess makes good sense for a Maeda lord, trying to promote himself as eternally powerful, not too different from the idea of banzai 万歳 (10,000 years)!

不偏 can also be neutral or impartial... but I don't think the Maeda were particularly impartial, were they?

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PostPosted: Mon Nov 24, 2014 1:54 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
Interesting. I had the same thought you did when I read the initial question, then you ruled it out. I'd also ask that on PMJS, it's just the kind of thing that will start a ridiculous 30 email exchange, but this time in a good way, rather than the Daoism discussion.
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